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Old 02-08-2010, 06:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Can Magazines be sent via "Media Mail" rate?

Just what the title says--can magazines be sent via media mail? I have 12 issues of Mustang Monthly to send someone and this appears to be the cheapest way possible. My concern is the restriction on advertising for media mail--as magazines have ads, will that be a problem? When I mail them, do I just say they are magazines or "books" or "literature"? Thanks!
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Old 02-09-2010, 08:55 AM   #2 (permalink)
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They can go media rate. I have sent a bunch of them that way.

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Wouldn't there be a problem if they open the box to check?

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I've sent magazines media mail once before before w/o a problem. If they do catch you, just play dumb. I send many items (fragile, liquid) and never tell them just to avoid the hassle.
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I believe the advertising is for ALL of the material being advertising, not a book or magazine that happens to have some ads in it.

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I believe the advertising is for ALL of the material being advertising, not a book or magazine that happens to have some ads in it.

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So Rolling Stone would just BARELY qualify for media rate?

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I believe the advertising is for ALL of the material being advertising, not a book or magazine that happens to have some ads in it.

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Depends on who's behind the counter (and maybe what kind of day they're having). A while back I sold a collection of magazines in a number of batches. Every time I shipped a batch, I told the counter person it was magazines. No problem, 'til about the last one, told a different guy it was magazines, he wouldn't take it as media mail because "magazines contain advertising". What a PITA, doubly so because that shipment was going to Europe. I ended losing money on that one. Probably should have just taken it to a different post office and lied, but didn't. Just my experience.
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No problem, 'til about the last one, told a different guy it was magazines, he wouldn't take it as media mail because "magazines contain advertising". What a PITA, doubly so because that shipment was going to Europe. I ended losing money on that one. Probably should have just taken it to a different post office and lied, but didn't. Just my experience.
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Default I don't think the advertising rule applies here

My father-in-law was a postmaster (passed on now) - we use to send a lot of stuff like this, but I thought the advertising that was referenced was new advertising or solicitation. I still sell and buy a lot of books using media mail.

The media mail (used to be called 4th class mail is intended for books, film, video/audio tapes, computer media (CD-ROM, DVD, etc.).

I think the intention was for businesses not to use 4th class mail for advertising. But most of the clerks don't really know - I used to leave the envelopes open for inspection (media mail is subject to inspection) but most of the clerks would look at me like I from Mars, so now I just seal them up and go with it. Some would acknowledge that it should be inspected, but most don't. At one time they were checked and stamped inspected at some places, and you didn't have to worry.
The only problemis if you get a clerk that doesn't know and inspected, they probably wouldn't have the initiative to research the regs and would probably reject your package.
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